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My yoga journey

Bad Yoga teacher for eating meat

I have recently started dating someone new, it’s still early but it’s lovely. He’s described me to his friends and go a lot of ‘oh is she really bendy’ comments. Sigh.

The other comment that he told me about is that people expect me to be vegetarian. I don’t eat much meat and try to only eat organic and free range meat but I still eat and enjoy it. Does that make me a bad yoga teacher? No I don’t think so. I know the principal of ahimsa, non-harm but to me animals raised for meat if they have a good life and are killed quickly and humanely then it’s ok.

I don’t agree with not eating the whole animal and using as much as possible. I don’t see why tongue and offal shouldn’t be consumed as well as the prime cuts. If they go to waste then it’s more harm.

Also humans are designed to eat meat. When I was a strict vegetarian then I regularly was anaemic and had to take iron supplements. Now I eat a little meat and feel much better. Surely harm to myself should be important and it’s always better to get nutrient via diet rather than supplements.

Still I enjoy not being what people expect.

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Meditation practice 

As I admitted in my Q3 update I’ve not been doing much asana practice over the past few months. What I have however been practicing is mindfulness and meditation. 

While on my last trip I found three new focuses for my mediatations. 

Jellyfish or fish in general. 

Fire or even a candle 

Water in its many forms

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Opps 

So September happened and I didn’t post a single blog post. An update very shortly with my Q3 goals coming and another about my SUP yoga retreat. 

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Meal Prepping Overnight Oats

I’m getting much better at being organised and ensuring that I’ve done enough meal prep so I don’t end up eating unhealthy. One of the areas that I’ve improved lots in is breakfast. I used to often end up buying a pastry or muffin on my way to work but now that’s very much swapped up being an occasional treat.

I actually don’t miss it as I’ve found my groove in overnight oats. I’ve a collection of different tubs to take it to work in and prepping two or three days work takes no time at all.

My current favourite and what I’m having four times a week is mango chia overnight oats. The ‘recipe’ to make 4 portions is as follows,

For each tub you’ll need

50g porridge oats

15g chia seeds

125ml coconut or almond milk

Plus 1 can mango with juice to use for all 4.
Mix the chia seeds and oats roughly together, add the milk and juice from the tinned mango and stir.

Empty the mango into a bowl and chop into bits size pieces. Add 1/4 into each tub. Add a lid and leave in the fridge for at least 8 hours and for up to 4 days.

In the morning give it a quick stir before enjoying. It really is that simple.

I wandered about the cost and I worked it out as 52p per serving and £7.44 for all the ingredients. Some of them like chia seeds are expensive but you only need 15g per portion so they’ll last ages and usually have a long expiration date.

I’m looking forward to spring arriving and more options for fruit being available. I love berry overnight oats too but they are so expensive during winter I’ve pretty much stopped.

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Visiting the Farm

Last weekend I was meant to be travelling to spend the weekend doing a vinyasa yoga course but as my hip was quite inflamed and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to teach it longer term I gave it a miss. As a result I didn’t have a lot planned. Luckily one of my friends and her son were free so we arranged a trip to Craigie Farm.

It was a foggy morning but it’s still a beautiful place. They have a large number of fruit fields which you can pick your own fruit from in the summer, a cafe and a play area. What they also have that I hadn’t been to before is a pick your own egg section, next to the chicken run. The eggs that are laid come into little boxes so that you can easily collect them.

They were super fresh eggs, laid that morning and made great boiled eggs for breakfast.

Also the farm seems to be trying new veggie boxes with various winter vegetables. These were only £3 and had a good amount of vegetables in them. I got an onion, carrots, potatoes, beetroot (a small one), leeks, cabbage and parsnips. Not a huge amount of anything but enough to make a dish or two. I made three portions of parsnip and carrot soup, mashed potatoes to go with sausages, okonomiyaki and roast beetroot salad. Not bad for £3.

I’ll certainly be back again to buy more vegetables and to try to pick my own eggs.

 

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Disney Yoga

A couple of weeks ago I spent a fun weekend in Disneyland Paris with a group of friends. It was a really cold weekend with frost on the ground and snow at one point. I was really concerned at how my hip would hold up and if I’d manage to walk around all day without being in too much pain. It was quite bad and I certainly had to up my painkillers to cope with it. In general it was tolerable with the painkillers until the Sunday and then that was more the sitting for long periods that I think made it worst.

 

I took time every evening to stretch off and have a bath which I think helped. Heat certainly helps the muscles ease off and for one day I had a heat pack to help it not be so sore. I’ve now ordered some more of the stick on ones which I’ll take with me for my next trip.

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Yoga while traveling 

I was away again this weekend and I’m attempting to get back into the habit of practing yoga on a regular basis. I’ve done classes every Saturday for the past month so when away this weekend I aimed to still do some to not miss some. 

I was fortunately staying with a friend so I didn’t need to bring a yoga mat and there was space in her livingroom for me to practice. 

I did a few yoga poses while around the markets and I’ve posted photos of them on Instagram. 


I also did a nice short practice but I got asked about various poses I was doing and why.  It was good to share my practice with others who don’t currently do yoga but still it wasn’t ideal. 


Still a bit of practice is better than none. 

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Yoga Beet 

One of the awesome things about yoga teacher training has been enjoying lunches prepared by Yoga Beet.

She’s a yoga teacher and cheif. She makes vegan, gluten free food that is super tasty. I don’t normally eat fully vegan but I’m trying to eat more whole foods and more natural things. 


The food has always been delicious, simple and awesome. 

I would love for some of the salad recipes as I think they’d work on a smaller scale. She’s hopefully going to do a recipe book next year which would be awesome for ideas. 

We also got either energy balls, brownies or chia pudding every day. They were all sugar free and tasty. 

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National Occupational Standards for Yoga

I’ve been wanting to write about the National Occupational Standard for Yoga and the introduction for a few weeks but I’ve not had time to research it properly and give an opinion until now.

It’s been hard to find that much information about the proposal except open letters objecting to it. As far as I can tell Skills Active, a national body, are looking at creating a universally recognised  qualification for yoga. This would meant that there was one standard that teachers would need to be trained to and that they would ensure that all teachers know about anatomy, first aid, yoga practice and other useful things. While that seems like a good idea, I’m not sure. Yoga is such an open term. The things that you need to be able to teach a dynamic flow class of 30 is very different to a yin class of 5.

I know that the Yoga Alliance have a fixed set of things that have to be covered in a 200 hour course and that within this it still allows for the different styles to be taught and allows time for those who want to delve deeper into different parts do so. It’s not perfect but I don’t know if greater regulation is the best way.

I also slightly find it odd the idea that currently if you go down the REPS route of teaching then you can take 2-3 months to do an online level 2 course and then two days or less than 15 hours to learn how to ‘teach a yoga style workout’ and then start teaching dynamic classes. How does learning online anatomy and two days of training make you better than my 20 days spread over 9 months with learning between?

I guess it’s a complex thing and I know what I like in my teachers and I trust that they are suitably qualified. I also tend to know my body and can avoid doing things that I think will hurt me.

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Opps 

Sorry I meant to write a post last week as I hadn’t for a couple of weeks but life got in the way. 

I’m doing the next block of yoga teacher training and it’s going really well. I’ll write more about it once I’m finished. 

But once again the food on the course is amazing. I could easily be vegan if someone prepared meals like this for me every day. 

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